In honor of our 20 year anniversary we wanted to share with you some of the amazing programs and events that we offer here at the Lakeland Centre for FASD, so every month we will highlight something new. This month we would like to introduce you to FASD Day!
This September 9th marks the 21st Annual International Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) Awareness Day. This year also marks another important milestone, as it was 47 years ago that FASD was recognized as a medical diagnosis.
Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) is a diagnostic term used to describe impacts on the brain and body of individuals prenatally exposed to alcohol. FASD is a lifelong disability. Individuals with FASD will experience some degree of challenges in their daily living, and need support with motor skills, physical health, learning, memory, attention, communication, emotional regulation, and social skills to reach their full potential. Each individual with FASD is unique and has areas of both strengths and challenges. Drinking alcohol during pregnancy continues to be the leading cause of disabilities around the globe. We want to ensure that our community receives the message that the safest choice for someone who is pregnant or planning to become pregnant is to not drink alcohol. We also recognize that individual’s whose drinking puts them at risk for having a child with FASD need to be supported and benefit from non-judgmental interventions.
During FASD Awareness Day, we will carry messages that urge and support alcohol free pregnancies. We also will provide information that will help identify and serve individuals who have FASD, as well as their circles of support.
In the past we have hosted Mocktail challenges, BBQ’s and pancake breakfasts, open houses and information sessions throughout the Lakeland to raise awareness. This year will look a little different due to the pandemic so please follow our Facebook page to see what exciting virtual events we have planned this year!
The Lakeland Centre for FASD provides cost-free programs and services in the Cold Lake, Bonnyville, St. Paul and Lac la Biche areas, as well as on First Nations and Métis Settlements through Alberta.